Internal dissent in Malawi Congress Party (MCP) appears to be far from over with district structures in the Southern Region calling for an immediate convention to resolve a “leadership crisis” in the party.
However, MCP deputy secretary general Eisenhower Mkaka said it was unfortunate that the officials were commenting on an issue they had earlier taken to court and awaits court decision.
The disgruntled district leaders told journalists in Blantyre yesterday that there were serious irregularities in the manner their president Lazarus Chakwera was implementing the party’s constitution; hence, the convention.
However, the fresh call for a convention comes at a time the matter is already in court after some disgruntled party leaders dragged the leadership to court to push for a convection.
Initially, the court ordered MCP to hold the convention within 90 days, but the directive was challenged before High Court judge Chifundo Kachale noticed grave disputes in the matter and stopped the holding of convention.
The misunderstandings in MCP emerged after Chakwera reportedly reshuffled the national executive committee (NEC) unilaterally when he removed some old faces in strategic positions and roped in new ones.
District chairpersons from Blantyre North, Chiradzulu, Chikwawa, Mulanje, Thyolo and representatives from other areas yesterday blasted Chakwera’s leadership style, likening it to a “careless driver”.
When contacted, Chakwera declined to comment and through his secretary, referred The Nation to Mkaka who said: “The president has nothing to say on the matter. Actually, we are surprised because these same district chairmen were part of those that petitioned the court for a convention and today they are calling for a press statement to talk about the same issue.”
However, the chairpersons said Chakwera was committing serious constitutional contravention which if not “addressed now, then the party is doomed come 2019.”.
According to the MCP constitution, the district chairpersons are the ones who have the mandate to call for the party’s convention.
Early this year, the party dispelled allegations that its leadership is being intolerant arguing that the problems were as a result of external influences.